DENVER (August 12, 2013) -- Denver's very own homegrown world champion "Mile High" MIKE ALVARADO and No. 1 contender RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV of Russia -- both coming off nationally-televised Fight of the Year performances -- will host a News Conference Luncheon to announce the return of world championship boxing to Colorado, Tomorrow! Tuesday, August 13, at Elway's Cherry Creek(2500 East 1st Ave., Denver, Colo. 80206.) Luncheon will be served at 1:30 p.m. MT with the news conference beginning at 2:00 p.m. MT. Joining the fighters will be their respective promoters, Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, and Art Pelullo, president of Banner Promotions, as well as Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports. All the participants will be available for one-on-one interviews.
Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) will make the first defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title a "home game," when he battles Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs), Saturday, October 19, at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. This marks the area's first world championship fight featuring a local fighter since September 15, 2000 when former World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Stevie Johnston unsuccessfully challenged defending WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, via majority draw, at Pepsi Center. Alvarado vs. Provodnikov will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. It will be the first time HBO has ever televised a fight live from Colorado.
Promoted by Top Rank® and Banner Promotions, in association with Tecate, Alvarado and Provodnikov enter this world title tilt fresh from Fight of the Year performances that took place in March, just two weeks apart from each other, and were televised on HBO. They boast a combined record of 56-3 (38 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 95% and a victory by knockout ratio of 68%.